An additional search will sometimes be required either at the first stage of amendment or subsequently. This may arise for a number of reasons.
An additional search may be necessary:
If the application has been filed under the PCT, the search report will be the international search report made under the PCT, which will be accompanied by a supplementary European search report, unless the Administrative Council has decided that a supplementary report is to be dispensed with (see E‑IX, 3.2). Both of these reports will have to be considered by the examiner when deciding whether any additional search is required.[Art. 153(6); Art. 153(7); ]
Date retrieved: 24 November 2017
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EPC Implementing Rules
EPO Guidelines - B Search
EPO Guidelines - C Procedureal Aspects of Substantive Examination
EPO Guidelines - E General Procedural Matters
EPO Guidelines - F The European Patent Application
EPO Guidelines - G Patentability
EPO Guidelines - H Amendments and Corrections
EPO PCT GL - B Search
EPO PCT GL - C Procedureal Aspects Chapter II
XGL-PCT C IV 4.1 Submissions prompted by a restriction of the search or a declaration that no search is possible
XGL-PCT C IV 4.2 Consequences of a declaration of no search or an incomplete search in subsequent European procedure